5 year old just rated highest level of peanut allergy....need help!

Posted on: Sat, 04/11/2009 - 8:13am
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Hi, I'm the mother of a 5 year old that just received his RAST results as a 6 (up from a 4 when he almost died at 18 months). That's in a rating from 0 - 6. 0.34 is the reference level - he is over 100.0. I am in need of researching what other school districts are doing across the country regarding children who arrive with deathly allergic reactions to the food the school serves. His public school (he starts kindergarten next year) serves PB&J daily.

I am looking for schools that at least do something more than seperating the one poor kids who has the allergy from everyone else.

Thanks for your assistance!
Lisa

Posted on: Sat, 04/11/2009 - 9:30am
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Lisa,
Where are you?
Jeanne

Posted on: Sat, 04/11/2009 - 3:19pm
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In Iowa, there are peanut free schools and/or peanut free classrooms. In Waterloo, Iowa they do not serve any peanut products in the school lunches because there is a child probably as allergic as yours.

Posted on: Sun, 04/12/2009 - 12:05pm
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Madison Wisconsin, of all places - you would think they would be ahead with this battle!

Posted on: Sun, 04/12/2009 - 12:07pm
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Thanks so much for your information, I'm trying to come up with facts to take to the Superintendant in hopes of a better solution that sitting him at a table by himeself (which of course doesn't control the kids who DO eat it from rubbing their hands all over the playground, etc.).

Posted on: Sun, 04/12/2009 - 9:38pm
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Austin (Texas) has schools that are peanut-free, too. There is legislation out there to help our kids, but nothing has been passed yet. Perhaps, you should share with the superintendent the studies that show peanut allergic kids suffer more anxiety than diabetic kids. A peanut-free school could certainly reduce those anxieties. And honestly, making a school peanut-free does not hurt anyone. Our daycare went completely peanut-free when we enrolled our son. Every parent is aware of his condition, and they all are supportive. I often get emails about what is 'safe' for parties, etc.

Posted on: Fri, 04/17/2009 - 1:49am
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My daughter just was diagnosed with peanut allergies. I found out that she has tree nut allergy too the hard way. She takes her own lunch to school. I told not to eat foods from other kids. This is new to me with the peanuts. She is allergic to fish as well but this is a whole different level. The school she attends is peanut free.

Posted on: Sat, 04/18/2009 - 10:51pm
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http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=58#comments - When a School Refuses to Protect a Child with Life-threatening Allergies …06/12/08, by Pam Wright -
Gloucester County Public Schools is fortunate that OCR intervened. If this child, or another child, had a fatal allergic reaction after the school team refused to accommodate her well-documented allergic condition, they would be in very hot water. Consider the probability that a fatal allergic reaction would be witnessed by her classmates.
If you have a child with a peanut and tree allergy (PTA), you may need to educate your school district about the severity and unpredictable nature of these allergies. This OCR Resolution letter should help your district understand their legal responsibilities under Section 504. Learn more about Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Comment:...It is critical that school districts across the USA *quickly* come to the realization and acceptance that students with LTFA (LIFE THREATENING food allergies) absolutely qualify under Section 504 for accommodations. Nothing less. An IHP or IHCP is NOT “good enough”.
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The problem with food allergies is that even though peanut allergy is a big one, some children may have other severe allergies. Banning fish and peanuts from the menu may not be financially within the school's budget. But perhaps the school can have a group of children who are willing to not bring anything with peanuts in the lunch so the child with the peanut allergy is not isolated at lunch.

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